Australia’s Greens party has announced its policies across National Broadband Network (NBN) connectivity, as well as on digital rights across privacy and security, also calling for the mandatory data retention scheme to be repealed. AU$1.5 billion NBN policy Announced by Senator Jordon Steele-John on Wednesday night at Canberra Technology Park, the Greens party criticised the Coalition’s NBN multi-technology mix approach to providing broadband across the nation. The Greens party’s NBN plan would see a AU$1.3 billion Federal Telecommunications Concession established; a AU$250 million NBN migration program to close the digital divide in regional areas; ensuring NBN infrastructure will remain publicly owned; and see the NBN rollout completed using “best-choice technology”. It would also make “quality” connectivity more affordable, and ensure regional telecommunications are “funded, fair, and fit for purpose”. “The Greens will establish a Federal Telecommunications Concession, worth AU$1.3 billion, at a value of AU$60 per quarter and payable to all holders of a DHS Health Care Card to replace the limited telephone allowance, and an NBN migration program, worth AU$250 million, to help close the digital divide and enable all Australians to participate fully in our digital economy, society, and government,” Steele-John said. “We are committed to fixing the NBN and ensuring all Australian’s have access to affordable and reliable high-quality internet and voice services for the 21st Century.” Read also: Australia’s 2018 Budget: How the federal government is funding and adopting tech (Free PDF) Back in 2016 leading up to the federal election, the Greens Party had told… [Read full story]
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